Technological Protection Measures: South Africa Goes Overboard. Overbroad.

Show simple item record Visser, Coenraad 2016-02-28T16:02:58Z 2016-02-28T16:02:58Z 2006-12-15
dc.identifier.citation Visser, C. (2006). Technological protection measures: South Africa goes overboard. Overbroad. The Southern African Journal of Information and Communication (SAJIC), 7, 54-63.
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 1607-2235 (print version)
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 2077-5040  (online version)
dc.description.abstract In the digital world, technological protection measures (TPMs) are increasingly used by authors to safeguard against copyright infringement. TPMs mainly control access to copyright works and/or the use of such works (for example, by limiting copying of these works). The international framework for protection against the circumvention of TPMs is found in the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) of 1996. This article examines this framework, and how the international obligations have been discharged in the United States and Europe. In this context the extent of the protection, and possible exceptions and limitations, are considered. It is noted that overbroad protection would be particularly prejudicial to research and education in developing countries, and in this way would deny them the benefits of access to information and learning through global information networks. Finally, the position in South Africa is considered with reference to the Electronic Communications and Transactions (ECT) Act of 2002, which adopts a level of protection far stricter than that adopted in any of the developed countries surveyed.
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.title Technological Protection Measures: South Africa Goes Overboard. Overbroad. en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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    Thematic Issue: Intellectual Property Rights and Creating an African Digital Information Commons

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